How to Keep Your Sanity While Potty Training

The last few months I’ve been fully dedicated to potty training my 2-year-old. Potty training is one of our biggest struggles so far. I’ve always heard that boys are harder to potty train, now I’m starting to believe it. So far everything has been fairly easy, such as taking his binky away, and switching from bottles to Sippy cups. Potty training is not so easy.

I wish this were a guide to potty train your child in less than a week but however this is not the case. In fact, I can’t even write a post on how to potty train your child in less than three months. I keep telling myself that when my kiddo is ready than it will happen. It’s just not happening as soon as I’d like.

We have tried 2 different potty chairs. The first one is a potty just for him, which was a nightmare. He would pee in the potty once in a while. When he did pee in the potty, he would pick up the potty and run, spilling the fluids everywhere. The other somewhat potty is a seat that we place on our toilet. The seat seems to be working ok, we both seem to like it the best. 

I tried to let him read books while sitting on the potty. After hours and hours of sitting in the bathroom, week after week, I’m starting to think this idea just isn’t working. He seems to be too interested in reading a book rather than using the potty. Then we tried to turn his seat around and let him draw on the back of the toilet lid with washable markers. It’s fun and all but he’s too excited to color, let alone pee in the potty. Lastly, I tried Dawn dish washing soap in the toilet. He’s fascinated with bubbles so I tell him to pee on the bubbles. Yes, you guessed it, so far this hasn’t worked either.

So here it is, your guide to keeping your sanity while potty training. While you’re in the bathroom for hours on hours:

Don’t forget to take your phone. While your little one is reading or coloring, you can catch up on some much-needed work. If the phone rings then you don’t have to run and answering it, leaving your little one unattended. The phone is also good for when your little one starts to get bored. Throw up a cartoon YouTube video, and that just bought you at least 10 more minutes. You can also use the phone as a timer to track potty progress.

Don’t forget your snack and drink. I know when I setup camp on the bathroom floor that I have to have supplies. If you’re constantly in the bathroom then you’re going to get hungry. You may be thinking, food in the bathroom is grouse. However, when your sitting forever then you get hungry, so you run and grab a snack. Meanwhile your kid jumps up and is peeing on the floor. You may thank me later ha-ha. Drinks are good for you both. What better way to help your little one use the potty? A drink.

Take something for yourself to read. Consistency seems to be the biggest success story when it comes to potty training. So, you better get used to sitting back and relaxing while your little one is learning to use the potty. Read a book and that will help you lose track of time. You won’t be counting the minutes until your child goes in the potty.

Parenting is hard, and potty training is our struggle. I’m just trying not to lose my sanity in the midst of it. Please do share your tricks and advice, I’m open to trying almost anything at this point.

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